Chrysostomos II, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Cyprus, dies at 81


NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Archbishop Chrysostomos II, the outspoken leader of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Cyprus, whose forays into the country’s complex politics and finances have inflamed supporters and critics alike, has died. He was 81 years old.

The state-owned Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation announced his death on Monday.

Chrysostomos had suffered from liver cancer and spent his last days at church headquarters in the capital.

Tall and imposing with a white beard in keeping with Orthodox clerical tradition, Chrysostomos rarely refrained from speaking out on issues ranging from politics to the country’s finances, rallying supporters but causing consternation among some politicians and other critics who chided him for not sticking to his religious duties.

The Associated Press


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